"Xanadu/Zoo"

I was scrolling down through all the titles of my previous posts, and noticed some commonality of the usage of words and the letters they begin with. Given the architecture of the English language and the rules for which we use the letters of the alphabet to form our words and sentences, there are letters that receive much less love than the dominant most common ones. In celebration of the underdogs of the alphabet, I bring you "Xanadu/Zoo" bring some recognition to the back of the bus. There are somewhere around 400 words beginning with X, and 832 beginning with Z. The most common initial letter used in the English language is S. In researching the facts behind my inquiry of letter usage, I was surprised by how vague the Google search responses were to my questions. "How many words begin with the letter X" yielded a first response of 400, but whenever I changed the X to Z, it took me to a litany of other responses related to Scrabble results, Words with Friends points, and everything but how many actual words begin with Z. I then queried most common letter used to begin words, and got the results for S, but upon further requests to find a specific number to apply its status, failed to locate anything resembling my first inquiry. I had no real concept or thought to flush out in this writing, so I guess by searching for information to support the title, I've gotten sucked into thinking about search engines and how we engage their functionality. 

I'm going to take you down memory lane with my personal experience of becoming tech savvy to the extent I am with how all things computer/internet are concerned. In 1984, I took a class called "Basic Computer Programing" at Arkansas State Universities Beebe, AR campus. This was my very first exposure to anything with higher functionality than a calculator. Archaic hand held computer games, and Atari were the modern technology of that day. We got to construct rudimentary Doss programs on a Radio Shack TRS-80 that accomplished very little. Today complex algorithms crunch incredible amounts of data to compile your requests typed into the search bar. All of these entities behind their version of this proprietary math formula are for profit organizations, and actually bid out the results based upon who will pay the most to respond to key words. It’s not an accident that the sentence structure of your search query determines the results you see. 

 

There you have it...a post with a X/Z title😎 

 

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